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Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic)

Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.

One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 2, 2014 10:17 AM

Interesting infographic from Lauren Moss.  This graphic makes a strong case for solar power. It's about time Hawaii integrated more solar power into the grid.  With the adoption of "smart meters" and better grid management, we can lessen our dependence on imported oil for power generation.  Aloha, Russ.

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4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch

4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The record-setting third quarter for U.S. solar energy installations brings the nation’s total to a whopping 10.25 gigawatts (GW).

That’s enough to make the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict that the U.S. could finally rise up the ranks to beat Germany in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations next year. Included in that figure—the country’s second-best quarter—was the residential sector’s record of 186 megawatts (MW) in installations.

 

Just how much is 10.25 GW? SEIA explores that question with a few infographics...


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INFOGRAPHIC: How it Works, the Solar Decathlon Microgrid

INFOGRAPHIC: How it Works, the Solar Decathlon Microgrid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. 

The houses are built over a two year period on campuses across the world, and are then shipped to Irvine, California- the competition itself consists of 10 contests, one being on Energy Balance, measuring the net energy each house produces and consumes.

One of the most important aspect to this concept is the micro-grid solution — the connection between the houses and the local utility to provide excess solar energy to the grid.  Each team’s house is equipped with a bidirectional utility meter that enables power flow to and from the electrical utility and a net metering system to record energy consumption and PV energy production.

Here's how it works...


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David Parr's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:35 PM

Always wondered how this competition was organised. Pretty cool way of trying to set a benchmark for designs.

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Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World'

Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies and projects in developing countries, Climate News Network reported today. Leader of the conservative party, Solberg won the election in September.
She hasn’t publicly discussed the specific companies and projects the country might invest in, but there are already high hopes.
“If Norway actually does this, it will be an unprecedented shift in the global investment community and also for tangible action on climate change,” said Samantha Smith, head of the global climate and energy initiative at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Financial analysts predict that other nations will follow Norway’s lead and also invest in renewable energy projects. Pension funds in Denmark and the Netherlands already support the renewables sector.

To read the full article, click on the title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 15, 2013 4:01 PM

At least some countries have positive balances and know very well what to do with the extra money!

Organic Social Media's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:58 AM

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

António Sousa Correia's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:11 AM

An example to conscient and wealthy govenments...

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Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design

Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

C. F. Møller Architects have designed a proposal for the pilot-project Housing+, for 60 zero-energy housing units on the Aalborg Waterfront. The design adhered to stringent energy goals through a combination of architectural design and user-focused technical innovation.

The Housing+ concept sets the ambitious target of a zero-energy housing scheme, which also includes the tenant’s primary household energy consumption. The complex will thus be 100% relying on renewables.

 


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How renewables will change electricity markets in the next five years

How renewables will change electricity markets in the next five years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Photovoltaic (PV) cells, onshore wind turbines, internet technologies, and storage technologies have the potential to fundamentally change electricity markets in the years ahead. Photovoltaic cells are the most disruptive energy technology as they allow consumers of all sizes to produce power by themselves—new actors in the power market can begin operating with a new bottom-up control logic. Unsubsidised PV markets may start to take off in 2013, fuelling substantial growth where PV power is getting cheaper than grid or diesel backup electricity for commercial consumers.

 

Good overview of the potential of renewables in the science magazine Energy.


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Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun

Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The city of London has covered the roof of its Blackfriar's Bridge (part of the Blackfriar's Railway Station) with 4,400 photovoltaic solar panels. The new solar array will have the capacity to convert enough solar energy to make 80,000 cups of tea a day. Since the energy created is entirely carbon free, the photovoltaic cells will reduce the station's carbon footprint by 511 tons, or an average of 89,000 car trips per year.

Solar arrays usually appear on the rooftops of buildings, or as part of large solar farms outside of cities–which makes the Blackfriar's Bridge all the more impressive. The project marks an ambitious effort to convert rail infrastructure—which itself consumes a sizable about of energy each year—to help solve the complex climate puzzle.


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Arianna Smith's curator insight, February 11, 2014 2:40 PM

Solar energy being used to dazzle the people. Not only does it look awesome but it's heading the world in the right direction. It's carbon free, which means it helps the environment. I'm  not entirely sure if it can generate a lot of energy, but it's defiantly a path I'm willing to follow. The buildings they created look like something out of a science fiction film! It's crazy. Not everyone nor every country has solar energy accessible to them(whether it's climate or price). But the people that can, should use it. I think this is a great way to showcase Solar Energy to the world.

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Villa Girasole, Italy: the Oldest Rotating House Follows the Path of the Sun

Villa Girasole, Italy: the Oldest Rotating House Follows the Path of the Sun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Villa Girasole is the oldest rotating house in the world designed by a local navy engineer, Angelo Invernizzi. Situated near Verona, Italy, the house follows the path of the sun in a circular motion. Translated from Italian, the word girasole means sunflower. an appropriate name for the house which follows the sun.

The idea behind the creation of the first-of-its-kind rotating house is simple – to harness solar energy. Modern buildings use solar panels to transform it into energy.

The ambitious project took six years from 1929 to 1935, and its unique design, innovative for the era, required the use of advanced technologies.

Find more information, photos, and drawings at the link.


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Le Walipini ? Oui, c'est une serre souterraine pour cultiver toute l'année !

Le Walipini ? Oui, c'est une serre souterraine pour cultiver toute l'année ! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Terre - Social : Pour quelques 250 euros, il est possible de construire une serre souterraine qui vous permettra de jardiner toute l'année durant, malgré et au-delà du froid. Cette serre s'appelle ...

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oliviersc's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:20 AM

Souvenez-vous de ce Un toit dans un désert : http://oxymoron-fractal.blogspot.fr/2013/04/un-toit-dans-un-desert.html

Michèle Chenaud's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:54 PM

C'est super !

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partagé dans : Les Filles du Roi préparent Halloween = http://blogoliviersc.org/?p=7211
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Infographic: The Impact Of EV Solar Charging Stations

Infographic:   The Impact Of EV Solar Charging Stations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There are more benefits to driving a solar charged vehicle than meets the eye.

 

As technology for these vehicles improve, so will their travel distance and accessibility, as charging stations are becoming more common, with locations at airports, malls, and even college campuses.

Electric vehicles are good for the environment, and recent studies have shown they also play a role in our health. 

 

This infographic outlines their benefits, compares emissions from the different types of charging stations, maps locations across the US, and summarizes the positive impact electric vehincles have on the economy, environment and our health.


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Electric Car's curator insight, December 30, 2012 12:30 AM

Tesla Motors ( NASDAQ : TSLA ) And SolarCity

have released their Supercharger network

 

Built secretly, Tesla and SolarCity have revealed the first six Superchargers, which will allow the Model S and other electric cars that have the hardware fitted to drive long distances with ultra fast charging, 100% free through California, Nevada and Arizona.

 

Tesla Motors and Elon Musk, CEO, have delivered an audacious preemptive strike on BigOil and Fossil Fuel dealers:

 

Tesla has grabbed the moral environmental high ground with the ambition to have these Solar Powered SuperChargers installed throughout the U.S.A. and then in 2013 - Asia and Europe

Mercor's curator insight, January 31, 2013 9:40 AM

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Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg

Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Building a green home, while increasingly popular in recent years, isn't a completely new concept, and the House in Regensburg by Thomas Herzog, built in 1977, still resonates today as a unique and beautiful example of thoughtful, site-responsive architecture.

 

Elegant in its simplicity, the design employs key sustainable principles, including passive heating and cooling, appropriate material selection and responsive building form, all of which enable the structure to have minimal development impact while maintaining a high degree of efficiency- the result of an integrated approach to site, technology, and design.

Herzog's House in Regensburg is not only a beautiful example of modern design, but also...


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Jonathan Belisle's comment, September 28, 2012 3:23 PM
I really like this article. !